Our photographs express our unique personal view of this world. Through our photographs, we are visual storytellers. We grasp fleeting moments in time, with images that help us remember special events, places, and people in our lives.
Because they tell our life story, our photographs have intrinsic value. We might even discover that some of our photographs are “priceless” to us, so it is worth spending a little time to learn how to take better photographs since we value them so much!
These days, most of us have cameras with us all the time, built into our smart phones. You can take a great photo with your phone, but there are some significant limitations with these devices. Of course, the best camera is the one you have with you at the time you need it, so that smart phone in your pocket or purse can really be handy at times.
If you have taken the next step into the wonderful world of photography, you may have bought a camera that has all kinds of wonderful features which will allow you to take a much better photograph. Some cameras have several automatic modes and other features you possibly find confusing or frustrating. You might occasionally get some really nice shots, yet other times, the camera doesn’t do what you want it to do and you are frustrated with the results. I wrote the book, “30 Practical Tips for Better Photographs” for you.
Lots of people think they just need to buy a better camera to take better photographs. Then they experience disappointment when the “better camera” isn’t taking better pictures. The real key to better photographs is to learn what YOU, as the photographer, need to DO to take better photos.
The camera is just a machine, getting smarter and smarter with each new product introduced, but it is STILL just a machine. No matter what camera you own, if you learn how to operate the “machine” better, you will get better results!
My book offers 30 practical tips to create consistently better images by showing you how to control the most important features of your camera. Put these recommendations into practice and you definitely will get better photographs!
I don’t want you to accidentally take a good photo every once in a while. My goal is to help you discover what you need to know to take great photographs consistently, not accidentally!
Whether you are using a digital SLR (DSLR), a mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses (MILC), or a fancy point-and-shoot camera, this book will help! Sometimes I might mention Canon or Nikon or Sony specifically, but much of what I cover applies to other brands as well. Canon and Nikon and Sony make great cameras and they dominate the current photography market, but other camera brands such as Pentax, Olympus, Fujifilm, etc. are also good cameras. Don’t think you need to go out and buy a Canon, Nikon, or Sony if you currently have another brand.
I recently saw an ad online for a used camera and the ad said: “Takes great pictures.” That would be like posting an ad for a paint brush and saying: “Paints great paintings.” What matters more than how fancy your camera is, is how well you know how to use it.
I have taught photography workshops to beginner and advanced students for many years and I am well aware of the challenges photographers face that sometimes lead to disappointing results. My experience in teaching is what has led me to include the various chapters I included in my book. There is a lot more to photography that could take hundreds of books to cover, but I tried to distill it down to the most important things you need to learn to begin to master your camera.
Happy Picture Taking!
Readers are saying: “highly recommend” “many useful tips” “easy to read, learn and apply” “an excellent book for anyone wanting to improve” “very well written” “explains camera terms in a way that you understand” “a wonderful guide” “a great resource” “this book should always be in your camera bag“